Plum Grove Historic Home

Plum Grove Historic Home

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What's your favorite family recipe? Has it been passed down from one generation to the next?

Sometimes the best way to learn about #IowaHistory is to taste it. This week's #GoldieAtHome activity shares recipes from the Plum Grove Historic Home of Iowa's first territorial governor, Robert Lucas, and his wife, Friendly. (Such a great name for Iowa's first first lady, right?) Dig in! https://bit.ly/2AjdNOj

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Goldie the Goldfinch flew to the Plum Grove Historic Home the other day and got a bit lost. Help her find her belongings with this Goldie's Kids Club Object Hunt. Check out historic recipes - including Friendly Lucas' plum butter recipe - and see a couple of videos about government and the historic home. iowaculture.gov/goldie-summer/plum-grove

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Experience early Iowa history at the home of Iowa's first territorial governor, Robert Lucas. This week's Goldie's At-Home Summer Expedition explores the Plum Grove Historic Home in Iowa City with videos, activities and historic recipes: https://bit.ly/2BRWeFo
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As part of #IowaMuseumWeek, we're featuring the Plum Grove Historic Home in Iowa City today. Plum Grove was the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas and his wife Friendly. The seven-room Greek Revival home constructed in 1844 was originally part of the Lucas family’s 360 acre farm just southeast of Iowa City.
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As part of #IowaMuseumWeek, we're featuring the Plum Grove Historic Home in Iowa City today. Plum Grove was the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas and his wife Friendly. The seven-room Greek Revival home constructed in 1844 was originally part of the Lucas family’s 360 acre farm just southeast of Iowa City.
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Robert Lucas was born in Jefferson County, (West) Virginia in 1781. After spending his youth and young adulthood in Virginia involved in agrarian pursuits, he freed his slaves, sold his lands, and moved to Scioto County, Ohio (then the Northwest Territory) in 1800.

In 1804 he was appointed county surveyor for Scioto County, and the following year was made Justice of the Peace. Lucas served as a Major General of the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812, sending 1200 soldiers of his brigade on the march to Fort Detroit. He also served the role of scout, mapping the movements of the Indian forces around Greeneville in 1813.

Lucas was elected to the Ohio Legislature in 1816, and served in either the House of Representatives or the Upper House for the next 19 years. In 1832 he was Democratic National Chairman, and assisted in the nomination of Andrew Jackson to his second term as President of the United States. He was elected to the governorship of Ohio in 1832 and in 1834 he was reelected to that post.

During his term in office, Lucas took part in the controversy surrounding the border with Michigan. The border between the two states was in dispute and Toledo's status lay in the balance. Later in life he was appointed Governor of the Territory of Iowa, and also Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Lucas died in Iowa City, Iowa in 1853.
Are the grounds surrounding the Plum Grove home open during these COVID times? I'm looking for places to walk.
Community Partner Spotlight!

Johnson County Historical Society fosters appreciation for historical and cultural heritage and engages the community through education, preservation, and interpretation.

Did you know the JCHS cares for more than 13,000 artifacts and exhibits that share Johnson County's rich history? You can visit the Historical Society Museum, located in the Antique Car Museum of Iowa, or check out their events and programs at Plum Grove Historic Home, 1876 Coralville School House, the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm, and the Coralville Old Town Hall.

Thanks to this exceptional organization for preserving and protecting our histories for future generations! We can't wait to explore the new Heritage Museum in August 2020!
The Blue Star Museum program starts tomorrow!

We're thrilled that over 20(!) NSCDA-affiliated historic house museums and sites are participating in this wonderful program this year.

Run through the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Museums grant free museum entry to active duty military and their families, May 15th through Labor Day.

See a full list of our participating historic sites below:
McAllister House Museum - Colorado Springs, CO
Hotel de Paris Museum - Georgetown, CO
Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters - Washington, DC
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site - Madison, IN
Plum Grove Historic Home - Iowa City, IA
Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses - New Orleans, LA
William Hickling Prescott House - Boston, MA
Quincy Homestead 1686 - Quincy, MA
Martin House Farm - Swansea, MA
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden - Portsmouth, NH
Van Cortlandt House Museum - Bronx, NY
Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens - Wilmington, NC
Hoover-Minthorn House Museum - Newberg, OR
Stenton - Philadelphia, PA
Governor Stephen Hopkins House - Providence, RI
The Powder Magazine of South Carolina - Charleston, SC
Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum - Nashville, TN
Neill-Cochran House Museum - Austin, TX
Bennington Museum - Bennington, VT
Wilton House Museum - Richmond, VA

Thank you for your service!

Plum Grove was the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas and his wife Friendly. The seven-room Greek Revival home constructed in 1844 was originally part of the Lucas family’s 360 acre farm just southeast of Iowa City.

Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend: Wednesday-Sunday – 1:00pm – 5:00pm. After Labor Day Weekend to October 31st: Saturday-Sunday – 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Plum Grove Historic Home was the residence of Robert and Friendly Lucas and their family. The Lucas family was originally from Ohio where all seven of their children were born and where Robert worked his way up through the Ohio Legislature

Operating as usual

08/28/2019

Johnson County Historical Society

The Plum Grove Historic Home will have limited hours today 1pm-3pm. Regular hours will resume tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience.

08/23/2017

State Historical Society of Iowa

This Sunday, the Johnson County Master Gardeners of Iowa will host their fifth annual Tomato Taste, held outdoors at the Plum Grove Historic Home in Iowa City. Taste red, orange, green, yellow, striped and even blue tomatoes while learning the latest information on tomato nutrition, saving seed and growing tomatoes!

08/16/2017

Johnson County Historical Society

The sounds of Plum Grove. #aroundiowa #thisisiowa #iowahistory

08/16/2017

Plum Grove's open hours will change to Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 pm beginning in September.

[07/19/17]   ***UPDATE: Taste of Plum Grove has been moved to the Johnson County Fairgrounds Building C due to the humidity.

07/14/2017

Pack yourself a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove on the 30th of this month during Picnic at Plum Grove hosted by Johnson County Historical Society!

06/27/2017

Plum Grove Historic Home

06/27/2017

Plum Grove Historic Home

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Iowa City, IA
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